The George Brown Huskies men's basketball team dominated in the season finale defeating the Georgian Grizzlies 97-77 at Casa Loma Athletic Centre on Friday night.

Notable Stats: 13 different Huskies recorded a basket in the victory in front of their home crowd. First-year forward Naseem Berry led the charge with a game-high 15 points and six rebounds.

Guard Robert Ocampo dropped 13 points, while Christian Tabiri filled the stat sheet with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the victory.

Before the game, the Huskies honoured six graduating players in Kingslee, Tabiri, Chris Fields, Haany Ahmed, Khadarr Gaal and Larry Filipopoulos. First-year head coach Jason Dawkins believes they were a critical part in creating a new culture.

"We are starting to build our culture from the academic piece to the court. It shows the community, the school and the players they can finish their courses and have a place to play at a high level," Jason said. "Future players will know they can go to school here, graduate, play here and be a Husky forever. Those players helped start this."

How It Happened: After honouring six graduating athletes before the game, the Huskies took it to the Grizzlies. They shot over 70% from the field to outscore their opponents 31-12 in the opening quarter. They used that cushion to take a 56-34 lead into the locker room. The Grizzlies attempted to climb back in the second half, but it was too much to overcome.

The Huskies clinched first place in the East division with 17-3 record. They will host a first-round playoff crossover next week.

Veteran forward D'Silva thinks the team needs to play at their elite level no matter who they play.

"We've beaten a lot of teams and definitely had our victories, but we have to remember who we are. If we remember we're a great team and don't play down to any competition, we can power through," the forward explained. "I hope our experience this season will help us in the playoffs. I think we are ready to roll."

Coach Dawkins wants his guys to continue what they have been doing so far, but understand the real season starts next week.

"The mental side is what we need. The regular season means nothing now, since its do or die. We need to bring that energy, confidence and swagger that we are in first place, but not let it get to our heads because we have a lot of work to do, the coach stated. "Our goal is to get somewhere and right now we are on the first stage of that path. We are looking forward to having great energy, great effort, guys playing their role, buying into the culture and playing hard next week."

Up Next: The Huskies will host a first-round crossover playoff game on Saturday, February 29th. Stay tuned to find out George Brown's opponent and the details.


2019-2020 Men's Basketball Graduating Student-Athletes
#3 Khadar Gaal is in his third season with the Huskies from Toronto, Ontario. The guard improved in points, assists, steals and in all shooting percentages this season. His career numbers stand at 6.8 points while shooting over 45% from the field and 32% from deep in 34 games for the Huskies. He will be graduating from the Civil Engineering Technology program.
#5 Haany Ahmed is a point guard in his second season from Richmond Hill, Ontario. He is the definition of a floor general. Ahmed is currently experiencing a career year putting up 10.6 points, 4.1 assists and 3.1 steals per game. He has played a total of 38 games for George Brown and will be graduating from the Community Worker program. 
#6 Chris Fields is a 3rd-year guard from Montreal, Quebec. He currently sits in the OCAA top three in steals and assists per game. Fields has played 55 career games for the Huskies averaging 7.7 points, 3.7 assists and 2.5 steals. He was named the OCAA's Defensive Player of the Year in 2019. He will be graduating from the Fashion Business Industry program.
#10 Larry Filipopoulos is a first-year guard from Richmond Hill, Ontario. He has played in 15 games this season for the Huskies. Larry will be graduating from the Sport and Event Marketing program.
#11 Christian Tabiri is in his 2nd season with the Huskies. The Toronto, Ontario native has improved in numerous aspects this season currently averaging career-highs with 14.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals while shooting an unprecedented 59.1% from the floor. The forward has played in 26 games during his time at George Brown. Christian will be graduating from the Construction Trades Techniques program.
#21 Kingslee D'Silva is in his second season with the Huskies from Mississauga, Ontario. The forward is averaging career-highs in points, rebounds, steals and blocks this season. Over his career, he has averaged 13.3 points, seven rebounds and 1.5 steals in 36 games with George Brown. The forward has played five years of collegiate basketball with the University of Guelph of the OUA as well as Sheridan College and George Brown College in the OCAA. Kingslee will be graduating from the Business Administration program.